Xabi Alonso: What I really think about new Liverpool FC signing
The Liverpool FC legend believes the new Reds signing Naby Keita will be a big hit at the Anfield outfit
Xabi Alonso believes Liverpool FC signing Naby Keita will be a big success at Anfield.
The Guinea international was officially unveiled at Melwood training ground on Wednesday evening after his final season at the Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Liverpool FC reached an agreement with the German club last summer but Keita spent the 2017-18 season at RB Leipzig before concluding his £48m transfer.
The African midfielder will be tasked with improving Jurgen Klopp’s options in the middle of the park alongside fellow new signing Fabinho.
Keita helped RB Leipzig to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history and the Guinean star was named in the Europa League team of the season.
Alonso came up against Keita during the 2016-17 Bundesliga season before the ex-Liverpool FC midfielder announced his retirement following a decorated career.
Former Spain international Alonso delivered a glowing verdict on Keita following the versatile midfielder’s switch to 18-time English champions.
“He’s a big personality. He has the hunger, the will to compete, and after in football terms he’s an all-round midfielder,” Alonso told the Liverpool FC’s website.
“[He’s] Good with the ball, he runs and dribbles very quickly with the ball, but he also likes to make things tick in the midfield.
“I think for this position in front of the holding midfielder, or even as a holding midfielder [or] close to the front three, he can have that role to find the space and to be up there. So [he’s a] good signing.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth spot in the Premier League table last season to ensure their continued participation in the Champions League.
The Reds lost 3-1 to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final last term after goals from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.